Feb 24, 2010 7:00pm EST
. >> sreenivasan: wall street racked up gains today after the federal reserve chairman, ben bernanke, said interest rates need to stay low. the dow jones industrial average gained more than 91 points to close at 10,374. the nasdaq rose 22 points to close near 2,236. public and private sector workers walked off the job across greece today. it was the second 24-hour strike in the last two weeks aimed at a government austerity plan. demonstrators clashed with police in athens, after a peaceful march had ended. they were protesting plans to cut government spending because of a debt crisis. greece has announced wage freezes, bonus cuts and pension reform over the last month to save almost $7 billion. the u.s. house has stepped up the pressure on health insurance companies. it came a day before the president's bi-partisan summit on health care reform. health correspondent betty ann bowser has the story. >> this meeting will come to order. >> reporter: the target at a house hearing today was wellpoint-- the parent company of california's anthem blue cross. >> corporate executives at wellpoint are thriving
Feb 25, 2010 7:00pm EST
up at a senate hearing today with fed chairman ben bernanke. >> we have a situation in which major financial institutions are amplifying a public crisis for what would appear to be for private gain. i want to ask you here whether or not you think there ought to be limits on the use of credit default swaps to prevent the intentional creation of runs against governments. do you have any quick comments on that? >> using these instruments in a way that intentionally destabilizes a company or a country is... is counterproductive, and i'm sure the sec will be looking into that. we'll certainly be evaluating what we can learn from the activities of the holding companies that we supervise here in the u.s. and joining me with the latest on all this is roben farzhad, senior writer for "bloomberg business week" magazine. in general terms first, what exactly is chairman bernanke promising to look into? >> this has for the better part of the decade been the great big unknown, this world of derivatives which are largely unregulated secondary investment vehicles. they're almost train of thought.
Feb 10, 2010 7:00pm EST
efforts by raising interest rates. chairman ben bernanke outlined the effort in written testimony for a congressional committee. bernanke said the economy still needs an easy money policy for now, but he added: "at some point the federal reserve will need to tighten financial conditions." the talk of higher rates kept wall street at bay. the dow jones industrial average lost 20 points to close at 10,038. the nasdaq fell three points to close below 2,148. thousands of workers in greece staged a national strike today, protesting a government plan to freeze salaries and cut bonuses. the 24-hour strike closed schools, and brought air travel to a halt. we have a report from john sparks of independent television news. >> reporter: it's easy to say, the 24-hour strike closed greece filed a test case for other indebted states. its huge socialist government plans been cuts. for many here on the streets of athens today it is not acceptable. "the capitalist government has declared war on the working classes. we will respond with war-like measures," said this mp. the government wants to raise